• Throwing a Kid-Friendly Halloween Party

    The spookiest holiday of the year is coming up! Why not throw a Halloween party your kids and their friends are sure to love? Invite guests to dress in costumes and enjoy the themed activities you come up with. BounceU can accommodate your Halloween party, and you can even use our fun-filled venue and party packages to enhance the theme you choose! Here are some ideas to spark your creativity.

    Monster Mash Halloween Party

    Serve cute monster cupcakes, finger sandwiches with olives for eyes and jagged cheese for teeth, and other party food labeled to be extra creepy. For instance, grapes become “monster eyeballs,” licorice becomes “monster hair” and pigs in a blanket become “monster toes.” Add face painting to your party package at BounceU so your party guests can pretend to be monsters as they play around the bounce houses.

    Halloween Carnival

    Host a party with traditional carnival games tweaked a bit to fit the Halloween theme. For example:

    • Bring a jar of Halloween candy and have each child write down how many they think are inside on a slip of paper. Whoever gets the closest wins a prize!
    • Spray paint plastic bowling pins white, orange and yellow and play candy corn bowling.
    • Modify “pin the tail on the donkey” to become “pin the bow tie on the skeleton” or “pin the nose on the witch.”
    • Make cone-shaped “witch’s hats” out of black poster board and play “Halloween ring toss.”

    Harry Potter Party

    Witches, wizards and Muggles alike will enjoy an afternoon complete with butterbeer, pumpkin juice and golden snitches. Set the mood with candles made out of spray painted paper towel and toilet paper rolls with tea lights on top. Then, serve treats like Bertie Bot’s Every Flavor Beans, Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum and color-changing “potions” made with food coloring. Hand out plastic Harry Potter glasses, magic wands and broomsticks to each guest. The kids will love running around BounceU, casting spells and pretending to play Quidditch.

    Haunted House Halloween Party

    This classic party theme can be as lighthearted or spooky as you want. BounceU can help create the perfect atmosphere with our Cosmic Bounce package. Ultraviolet lighting and glow-in-the-dark props turn the spooky fun up a notch for your Halloween party. White and neon colors glow under black light, so your guests’ costumes look extra fun!

    Murder Mystery Party

    For older kids, consider throwing a detective-themed party where guests have to unravel a murder mystery. You can find scripts and stories online that tweens and young teens will love! Leave clues around the BounceU venue for the young sleuths to discover and work out the puzzles together.

    BounceU has private party rooms and bounce house arenas to make your upcoming Halloween party the spooky success you’re hoping for. Ask about our numerous add-ons, such as Cosmic Bounce, face painting, food and drinks, party favors, and more. If you’re ready to book your party, please contact BounceU in Farmingdale today!

  • Party Favor Ideas for a Halloween Birthday Party

    Was your child born on or around Halloween? Perhaps it has become a tradition to throw a Halloween-themed birthday party each year for your child. There are so many spooky, fun themes to choose from!

    Just remember that birthday party etiquette says you should provide party favors to thank each guest for coming. Not sure what to offer? Use these ideas to help you come up with something cute and memorable.

    Halloween Candy and Treats

    Nothing goes with Halloween better than candy. Consider handing out some of these Halloween goodies as part of your party favor bag:

    • Fall-colored M&Ms in a mini mason jar
    • Halloween lollipops or candy bars with personalized labels
    • Chocolate-covered Oreos with Halloween designs
    • Mini pumpkin cake pops
    • Chocolate kisses wrapped in orange and black foil
    • Popcorn in trick-or-treating bags
    • Candy-filled pumpkin balloons
    • S’mores kits with graham crackers, mini chocolate bars and Peeps marshmallow ghosts
    • Tic Tacs with customized labels (white Tic Tacs are “ghost poop,” green are “witch warts, orange are “pumpkin seeds” and red are “vampire vitamins”)
    • Bottles of orange soda with the label removed and a Jack-o-lantern face drawn on

    Halloween Toys and Games

    Your party favors certainly aren’t limited to candy and treats. If you want to keep the sugar content down, get creative with your party favors by including some of these fun suggestions:

    • Customized packs of playing cards
    • Halloween crowns or masks made at the party
    • Plastic spider rings
    • Halloween-themed spin tops
    • Vampire teeth
    • Glow-in-the-dark bouncy “eye” balls
    • Bottles of bubbles in Halloween-themed packaging
    • Monster stickers
    • Gel cling window decals
    • Halloween Rubik’s cube
    • Play-Doh with customized Halloween labels

    Other Halloween-Themed Party Favors

    To remind guests of the fun they had at your child’s party, include some of these unique Halloween-themed items in each party favor bag:

    • Lip balm with personalized labels
    • Orange and white candles
    • Halloween-themed notebooks
    • Small picture frames with a Polaroid snapshot taken at the party
    • Miniature pumpkins (real or plastic)

    BounceU is the perfect place to hold your child’s Halloween birthday party. We offer private rooms and bounce house arenas for you and your guests to enjoy. As an optional add-on, you can request to have party favors included in the cost of your event, as well as face painting, kid-friendly food and drinks, and much more! Please contact BounceU in Farmingdale to book your party today.

  • How to Throw a Birthday Party for a Special Needs Child

     

    Kids usually anticipate each upcoming birthday with excitement. They look forward to eating cake, hanging out with friends and doing activities they love. This is true of most children, including those with special needs.

    If you have a child who is wheelchair-bound, autistic, non-verbal, or diagnosed with another mental or physical limitation, you may feel overwhelmed at the idea of throwing a birthday party. However, if you, your child and party guests work together, you can host an event that’s fun for everyone. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

    Rethink Your Preconceived Notions

    If your child hates lit candles and doesn’t care for the Happy Birthday song, throw out these aspects of a traditional birthday party. Cater the event to the needs and wants of your child, even if it looks less like a birthday party once you make the necessary changes.

    Pick a Suitable Location

    Your home may be the best place to ensure your child is comfortable and doesn’t become overwhelmed during the birthday party. Your church, library or another venue with a private party room ensures your child is only around family and friends. Consider accessibility if you have a wheelchair to account for.

    Decide Who to Invite

    Keep the number of guests to a manageable level (10 kids or fewer is best), and ask some parents to stay and lend a hand if needed. You might also invite your child’s school teacher to serve as another friendly face and helping hand. If your child is nonverbal, the teacher may be a useful resource for deciding who to invite from school.

    Plan a Few Simple Activities

    Whatever you choose to do during the party, make sure everyone you invite can participate. However, don’t force an activity on anyone. Popular options include:

    • Coloring or other arts and crafts
    • Dancing
    • Red Light, Green Light
    • Pin the tail on the donkey (without blindfolds, if necessary)
    • Cornhole and ring toss

    Decide How to Handle Gifts

    As the parent of a special needs child, you probably know better than anyone how your child will handle the concept of opening gifts in front of a crowd. If you anticipate it being a negative experience, wait until later to unwrap presents. Just remember to send thank you cards.

    Think About Party Favors

    Birthday party etiquette states that you should hand out goody bags to guests before they leave. Make sure every child you invite can enjoy the favors you provide. Some ideas include candy, popcorn, soda, paper crowns, plastic jewelry, stickers, Play-Doh and knick-knacks that correspond with the party’s theme.

    If you’re looking for a spacious venue to host a birthday party for your special needs child, BounceU can help. We make hosting events easy with packages and add-ons to suit your needs. If you’re interested, we can include invitations, food and drinks, activities, party favors, and more. To book your party, please contact BounceU in Farmingdale today!

  • Etiquette for Birthday Party Hosts

     

    Are you planning to throw a party for your child’s upcoming birthday? If it’s been a while since you hosted an event, brush up on the age-old etiquette that applies to you as the parent, as well as the birthday child.

    Inviting Guests

    Sit down with your child and decide who to invite to the party. These might include family members, classmates, and friends from church or social groups. Once you know who you’re asking, heed these invitation rules:

    • If your child wants to invite more than half the class, propose inviting everyone to prevent hard feelings.
    • If your child chooses to invite less than half the class, mail the invitations. Otherwise, you can hand them out at school.
    • Strive to get invites out about two weeks before the party, and include instructions for RSVPing.
    • If you don’t hear back from someone two or three days before the party, it’s acceptable to call, text or email them for confirmation.

    Opening Gifts

    This can be a tricky part of birthday parties for young gift givers. To help it go smoothly, follow these tips:

    • Before the party, discuss with your child the importance of saying “thank you” for every gift, even if they don’t like it or already have it. Emphasize that the giver’s good intentions are what matter the most.
    • Don’t drag out the gift-opening process. Help your child remove the wrapping paper if necessary. Once opened, remove the gifts and wrapping from the room and resume other activities.
    • Jot down each gift and the corresponding giver’s name. Then, right after the last guest leaves the party, sit down with your child and write out thank you cards. Mail them within a day or two.
    • Consider not opening gifts during the party, especially if your child and many of the guests are under 5 years old.

    Hosting Graciously

    While the ultimate goal is to host a memorable party for the birthday boy or girl, it’s also important to make every guest happy. Here’s how:

    • Greet guests warmly and involve them in the group right away.
    • Plan age-appropriate activities and have a contingency plan in case a child or two doesn’t want to participate.
    • Ask a few adults to help you monitor the children if you’re inviting more than four or five guests.

    Party Favors

    If your budget allows it, make goody bags for each guest to take home. You might include a craft from the party, candy, small toys and games, or small items that correspond with the party theme.

    Consider hosting your child’s next birthday party at BounceU. We offer private rooms and bounce house arenas for you and your guests to enjoy. We take the guesswork out of hosting birthday parties by offering packages and add-ons to suit your needs. Request to have invitations, food and drinks, activities, party favors, and more included in the price. To book your party, please contact BounceU in Farmingdale today!